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Struck by Lightning
High school senior Carson Phillips (Chris Colfer, "Glee") was on a path to greatness, when he was suddenly killed by a bolt of lightning in his school parking lot. Carson recounts the last few weeks of his life via witty, insightful flashbacks, including a blackmail scheme targeting the popular kids concocted with his best friend (Rebel Wilson, BRIDESMAIDS) and a home life that includes a mother (Allison Janney, JUNO, "The West Wing") 's more interested in the bottle than her son's future and an estranged father (Dermot Mulroney, MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING) who… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Colfer is still very young, but he needs to learn that "snide" is not a point of view."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Except for Ms. Janney's monstrous mother and an Alzheimer's-afflicted grandmother (Polly Bergen), "Struck by Lightning" gives its characters no dimension."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A sincere rather than charming or laugh-out-loud movie-and tonally, one of the latter would have made it work much better. It's also too serious-one wants more outrageousness-because that's what the fun little premise promises but doesn't quite deliver."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"There are some nice spins on old high school clichés and enough off-center characters and good, occasionally great, dialogue that should make this one of the year's early hits in the art house market."
‑ Elias Savada, Film Threat
"Struck By Lightning possesses a jarring mixture of tones, with moments of dark comedy sitting somewhat uneasily alongside scenes of quiet domestic drama."
‑ Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity
"Ultimately, it all portends a much brighter future for Colfer than for Carson."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"There isn't much to say about Struck by Lightning, except that it's one of those interchangeable teen movies that lands in theaters in early January, the morgue for films nobody knows what to do with."
‑ Ella Taylor, NPR
"This is a highly confused film that doesn't seem to know exactly what it wants to be."
‑ Travis Hopson,
"The main character is more off-putting than endearing."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"It's not exactly ambitious, but Struck by Lightning is a noble failure, with individual elements more interesting than the strangled, distracted whole."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"If only "Struck by Lightning" had a sharper, stronger perspective, it might have made more of its conceit."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"In his screenwriting debut, Glee's gifted Chris Colfer, 22, proves he can lace a line with sass and soul."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Likeable, frequently funny comedy enlivened by snappy dialogue and strong performances from a superb comic cast, though the overall plot is weak and the opening conceit referenced in the title fails to convey any dramatic or emotional weight."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Edgy high school comedy from Glee star has some iffy stuff"
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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